The striding edge crossing that never was!

It’s almost 3 years to the day since I last stepped foot on striding edge in the Lake District. Today was meant to be a reunion of sorts.
The weather people weren’t filling me with much confidence with forecasts of rain and high winds. I went ahead with the plan anyway.
My mood always lifts as soon as I enter the lakes, however it wasn’t to last as I arrived in Glenridding to a £6.50 parking fee, and 20p to go for a wee!!
It was free to wee 3 years ago!!
The plan was to head up to Lanty’s tarn, then on to Birkhouse Moor, before summiting Helvellyn via striding edge.

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Lanty’s tarn is a special place to me. My ex wife and I took the boys when they were young and we were first getting interested in the lakes. I used to tell them tales of it being a magical place that came to life at night, and that it would glow an emerald colour, with fairies and leprechauns dancing around the waters edge. I was the only one who believed this tale but I told it anyway.
I stopped for a coffee and reminisced for a while.
Once I’d stopped feeling sorry for myself it was on the beaten track once again. You can’t help feeling special with views like this around every corner.

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The wind was really picking up by this point and the ground getting boggy, there’d obviously been a lot of rain lately as the paths were like mini streams.
I started to climb up Birkhouse Moor towards the hole in the wall which leads to striding edge. The lungs were bursting now. I had to get mentally tuned in. I thought back to my Army days when we did CFT’s in full combat kit for 8 miles. It didn’t work, I was goosed!!
The most important thing you can take with you up the mountains is fear! It keeps you alert and alive. I have it in abundance. On a few occasions in the mountains I have got a feeling over me that something is not quite right. Whenever I get this feeling I turn back. I have no idea if I’m right with this feeling? I’d only know if I didn’t turn back and wasn’t here to blog about it tomorrow! 😉
The wind was really gusty now, lifting me off my feet at times!! I got that ‘the feeling’ stopped and turned around.
Striding edge would still be there tomorrow, and hopefully so would I!
I decided to take a detour down into Grisedale valley. The views were lovely.

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Sometimes you don’t have to go high up to enjoy the views. Walking in a valley is usually quite peaceful and tranquil…….not today! The wind was howling.https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10203964130075883&id=1001485096
There was hardly a soul about(unsurprisingly), so I had the valley to myself. I started to play around with my phone camera settings, here’s the result……

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I walked for a few more miles along the soggy track with the wind howling in my ears. It was beginning to get uncomfortable now. It was time to turn back.
I came across this little cave on the way back…..dare I go in?

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Dare I go in? You bet I dare…

IMG_8518.JPGCan anyone else see eyes staring back? Time for a sharp exit!!
Customary waterfall pic

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I was soon back to the car, and changed out of my wet soggy boots into my trainers. A quick ruffle of my hair in the wing mirror, and it was off for a post walk pint.

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So striding edge wasn’t to be, but all things considered it was a decent day in the lakes.
Until next time….Scotty out. 🙂

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